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A La Carte (August 2)

I’ve arrived in Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, to speak at the annual Gospel Coalition Atlantic Canada conference. I look forward to a few days in one of my favorite places in the world.

Today’s Kindle deals include a few minor deals that are worth a peek.

9 Things You Should Know About the History of the Homeschooling Movement

Homeschooling is in the news after the New York Times ran a ridiculous op-ed. “While Stewart does not use the term ‘homeschool’ in her op-ed, she implies that parents who choose to educate their children outside of the public school system participate in a culture the promotes racism and theonomy.”

Four Stages of Evangelical Affirmation

Denny Burk traces the four stages of “evangelical affirmation” of gay marriage.

What Is the Unforgiveable Sin? (Video)

Tom Schreiner takes on a very common question: What is the unforgiveable sin and is it possible that I’ve committed it?

Bible Texts Prosperity Preachers Wish Did Not Exist

Conrad Mbewe: “If you survey the Bible you will not find a single verse that warns you against the detrimental spiritual effect of material poverty. Yet you will find many passages in the Bible warning you against the detrimental effects of wealth—and especially love for wealth. You never hear prosperity preachers preaching on such verses. It is as if their Bibles do not have such verses.”

Children Like Novelty

“Children like novelty. The spiritually immature will always be more excited about novel interpretations and new insights than they will be about old gospel truth.”

Calvin: Ministers Ought Not to Steal

Calvin made an interesting application of the fifth commandment to both pastors and parishioners.

Fighting Terror Online

YouTube is vowing to fight terror online, but it’s not hard to see how some of their new guidelines may be used to fight more than terror.

Flashback: An Angry God

God’s reaction to sin is the good and necessary, the absolute best and perfectly just reaction. He will not act rashly in anger but will act justly in wrath.

The future is as bright as the promises of God.

—Adoniram Judson

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.